Intergroup Dialogue Training

A professor leading a roundtable discussion with students.

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a "face-to-face facilitated conversation between members of two or more social identity groups that strives to create new levels of understanding, relating and action." This process promotes conversation around controversial issues, specifically, to generate new "collective visions" that uphold the dignity of all people.[1] Intergroup dialogue is intended to build relationships amongst participants with different social identities through the use of personal storytelling, empathetic listening, and interpersonal inquiry.[2]

IGD integrates three core educational goals, "consciousness raising; building relationships across differences and conflicts; and strengthening individual and collective capacities to promote social justice." [3] Intergroup dialogue distinguishes its approach from other dialogic methods such as debate and discussion.

Intergroup Dialogue training is provided to current GRCC faculty, staff, and students for free through the Cultural Competence Institute in partnership with the College Action Project (CAP) 3.2.



[1] Zúñiga, Ximena. "Bridging Differences through Dialogue" (PDF). About Campus. Retrieved 15 February 2015.

[2] Kim, Joohan; Kim, Eun Joo (2008). "Theorizing Dialogic Deliberation: Everyday Political Talk as Communicative Action and Dialogue." Communication Theory. 18 (1): 51–70.

[3] Zuniga, Ximena; Nagda, Biren; Chesler, Mark; Cytron-Walker, Adena (2007). Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Periodicals, Inc. p. 9.